The Grays Harbor Republican Party honored six outstanding volunteers at its Lincoln Day Dinner on February 18 at the Aberdeen Museum. "Volunteers are the backbone of the party," said Kristine Lowder, Grays Harbor Republican Party Chair. "We're honoring those who are the cream of the volunteer crop." Awards were presented in two categories: Eagle Volunteers and PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) of the Year.
A nationally recognized program launched by Washington State Republican Party National Committeeman Jeff Kent and National Committeewoman Fredi Simpson, the Eagle Volunteer Program recognizes the "hardest working, most effective volunteers" in each county. Criteria for selection include those who: 1) Volunteer over and over again for whatever the Party needs; 2) Can be counted upon to accomplish the task assigned to them; 3) Are positive representatives and strong advocates for the Republican Party; and 4) Inspire others to participate in Party activities. Grays Harbor Republican Party Eagle Volunteer honorees are: Christine Yeager, Jonathan Gerber, Dennis Brumbaugh, Ken Estes and Mark Paulsen.
Citing exceptional performance as a PCO and "going above and beyond the call of duty over and over again not just once or twice, but over the course of an entire year," Lowder presented the 2011 PCO of the Year Award to Terry Moore. A resident of Copalis Beach, Moore chairs the Party's Candidates and Issues Committee and is the Grays Harbor Chair for Jesse Young for Congress. PCO of the Year was determined by a vote among party PCOs.